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Leo bishop of Neapolis (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.5067

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 106.1.

Details

Diameter:
23 mm
Field:
16 mm
Condition:
Flattened and chipped on the side.

Obverse

Leo bishop of Neapolis (eleventh century)

The Virgin seated on a backless throne holding Christ on her lap. On either side the sigla: ΘΥ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription: ΝΕΑΠ,ΛΙΤΙΣΑ: ἡ Νεαπολίτισα.

Reverse

Leo bishop of Neapolis (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines, a decoration above, the last line between two pellets. Border of dots.


ΣΦΡΑΓ,
ΛΕΟΝΤΟΣ
ΕΠ,ΣΚΟΠ
ΝΕΑΠ.
ΛΕ

Σφραγὶς Λέοντος ἐπισκόπου Νεαπόλεως

Translation

Σφραγὶς Λέοντος ἐπισκόπου Νεαπόλεως.

Seal of Leo bishop of Neapolis.

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Commentary

The Virgin depicted on the obverse clearly reproduces the main icon of the metropolitan church of Neapolis. More the pity that we cannot assign this specimen to a specific see.

Three were two Byzantine bishoprics named Neapolis, one suffragan of Stauroupolis in Karia, the other, situated in Isauria, a suffragan of Seleukeia of Pamphylia. Cf. Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 1, line 294; no. 3, line 526; no. 13, lines 309, 507. The first has been identified with modern Ineboli, east of the lower Harpasos (RE 16, 2126); the second is sought at the ruins to the east of Günneyyurt, 8 km southwest of Ermenek (F. Hild - H. Hellenkemper, Kilikien und Isaurien [TIB 5] I [Vienna, 1990], 365).

 

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